PEACE AND QUIET. About 60 visual artists from the region joined the ‘peace and quiet’ event that aims to draw the youths away from being recruited by the New People’s Army and call for its end. The event, held at the Robinsons North Abucay, Tacloban City, is to end on Sunday(June 11). (PHOTO COURTESY)

TACLOBAN CITY – The organizers of the ‘Peace and Quiet’ event are hoping that this will be replicated in other provinces in the region to encourage more youth particularly artists to join the program that aims to promote peace thru the use of various forms of art.

Peace and Quiet is considered to be the biggest event of local artists in Eastern Visayas which serve as an avenue among artists showing their support to the government in attaining peace.

“This will take about a year of preparation because we need to make a coordination with other groups from the national level,” Balais said.

Mark Balais, Pitad Kultura Waraynon chairperson, said that they have already sent invitations to other artist groups in the region and even from other provinces in the country for them to have the same activity.

Eastern Visayas is the only region in the country that is holding an event involving youth artists which aim to promote peace and condemn the atrocities being committed by the New People’s Army.

The June 5 to 11 event, held at Robinsons North Abucay, is now on its third installment in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

About 60 local artists are participating the event at the Robinsons North Abucay that is to end on June 11.

Aside from DENR, the Peace and Quiet III is also in partnership with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Robinsons North Tacloban, and supported by the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, Hands Off Our Children, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Istolo Poetry, Otaku Tacloban Cosplay Hosting Organization, Waray Rap Pilipinas, ISLAW Production, Hycal, and Youth for Human Rights International-Eastern Visayas.